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Russian diplomats in the US “Threatened, Seduced” by FBI, envoy claims


Russia-Ukraine War: Russia and the United States were embroiled in a dispute.

Russian diplomats in Washington are being threatened with violence and US intelligence services are trying to make contact with them, the Tass news agency quoted the ambassador on Saturday.

Anatoly Antonov told Russian television that since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, face-to-face meetings with US officials have ended.

“It’s like a besieged fortress. Basically, our embassy operates in a hostile environment … Embassy employees receive threats, including threats of physical violence,” Tass quoted him as saying.

“US security services agents hang out outside the Russian embassy and hand out CIA and FBI phone numbers, which can be contacted to make contact.”

The CIA, the FBI, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the US State Department did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

The Russian ambassador to Poland was dipped in red dust on Monday by people protesting against the war.

Russia and the United States were embroiled in a dispute over the size and functioning of their respective diplomatic missions long before Russia invaded Ukraine.

Moscow suspended a number of U.S. diplomats in March after Washington said it was kicking out 12 Russian diplomats at the country’s UN mission in New York.

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